It’s chilly today which reminds me that the holiday season is not far away. As much as I love the holidays, I always dread the very real potential for weight gain during a month of what seems like non-stop eating and merriment.
In preparation for the caloric onslaught I like to do our 21 Day Cleanse before the third week in November. This simple three week regimen serves several purposes. One is the obvious weight loss. The average participant who has 10 or more pounds to lose will lose around 10lbs. That’s a great head start on evening the weight management playing field during the temptation filled end of the year. Second, due to the supplements which support us through this simple regimen, we are able to truly nourish our cells bringing a sense of well being, balance and renewal. Third, because the eating plan is very straightforward for three weeks, you get to realize where your “problem” eating areas are (ie. Wow, I would be mindlessly eating in front of the tv or at my desk at work right now. That’s a lot of extra calories. No wonder it’s been so hard to lose weight. I didn’t even know I was doing this!). This sudden awareness is a valuable tool you will carry with you well after the cleanse is over. Finally, the fourth point is that because you have eaten nothing but whole foods in moderate quantities for 21 days, your stomach is smaller which means that you are satisfied while eating less. This way you can go into the holidays mentally and physically prepared to eat less without feeling deprived. It’s such a bonus!
So rather than getting on the scale on January 1st to feel regret or disappointment, take on a simple three week cleansing program before Thanksgiving week approaches. It can set you up for success during the holidays and a give you great jump start for the New Year.